The family of a private detective who was ax-killed in pursuit of Met police

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Relatives of a private detective killed with an ax 34 years ago are expected to sue the Metropolitan Police for his unsolved murder.

Daniel Morgan died in the parking lot of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on March 10, 1987, and a series of unsuccessful inquiries into his death were mired by corruption allegations.

In June this year, an independent report accused the Met of institutional corruption in its handling of the case, saying it covered up or denied failures to protect its reputation.

Alastair Morgan, brother of Daniel Morgan (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

The Commissioner we met, Dame Cressida Dick, apologized to Mr Morgan’s family, saying it was a “matter of great regret that no one has been brought to justice and that our mistakes have been made. aggravated the pain suffered by Daniel’s family “.

Lawyer Raju Bhatt confirmed on Monday that a letter of claim was sent to the force as Mr Morgan’s relatives fought to “get some semblance of responsibility”.

In a statement, the Morgan family said that while the 1,200-page report accurately reflected their experiences, they had since been disappointed by the lack of action from the Met, Home Office, watchdog body. police, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), which oversees the Met.

They said: “Three generations of our family have already suffered the collateral damage resulting from the inexcusable failure of state institutions to do what they were asked to do in the face of institutionalized police corruption.

“We don’t want this burden passed on to future generations of our families.

“We want to be able to finally get on with our lives, but that requires some form of recognition from those who have let us down.

“In all the circumstances, we consider that we have no choice but to bring a civil action against the Metropolitan Police in order to obtain some semblance of liability.”

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Daniel Morgan, members of the independent panel, Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Dr Silvia Casale and Mr Samuel Pollock (Kirsty O’Connor / PA)

The panel that wrote the report, chaired by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, criticized Dame Cressida for initially denying her access to a police intelligence database.

Despite the controversy over the Morgan case and other high-profile issues including the murder of Sarah Everard, it was confirmed in September that Dame Cressida’s contract had been extended for two years.

The Morgan family statement said: “We were saddened – even surprised – to find that we were once again disappointed by everyone involved.

“The current commissioner, Cressida Dick, felt in a position to simply dismiss the panel’s key finding on institutional corruption in the Metropolitan Police. Her role in obstructing the panel’s work – as detailed in their report – appears to have met with indifference and worse still at IOPC and MOPAC, where those accused of making her answer for her role in this sad situation have shown themselves unable or unwilling to do so.

“And, in their wisdom, the Home Secretary and the Mayor of London saw fit to extend his term before the ink dries on the panel report.”

Dame Cressida Dick (Victoria Jones / AP)
Dame Cressida Dick (Victoria Jones / AP)

A spokesperson for the Met said: “We can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Service received a letter of complaint, dated December 7, and is currently considering its response.

“Since the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel released its report six months ago, a dedicated team within the Met has been established and is making progress in responding to these Met-specific recommendations, while also collaborating with other organizations. leaders named in the report.

“We remain committed to this work and plan to report on our progress to the Minister of the Interior and the Town Hall in the spring of 2022.”

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